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    Ten Cents a Dance (Columbia, 1931). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style A.
    Barbara Stanwyck, who routinely found herself cast in pre-Code films, portrays a taxi dancer, or a girl who is paid to be a man's dance partner in a nightclub. In this case, she's also a married woman whose husband suspects her of infidelity. And with that suspicion in mind, he feels justified in gambling and committing adultery himself. This was racy stuff for the early 1930s, but it was the subject matter that Hollywood found compelling and it would ultimately lead to the Production Code being created and enforced. It wasn't until the late 1950s that serious (and sometimes taboo) topics would again be committed to film, and eventually lead to the downfall of the Code. This fantastic one sheet depicts the troubled Stanwyck caught between her marriage and the demands of her male admirers. Lionel Barrymore was the film's director. This poster (one of two known copies) has had parts of the upper and lower borders replaced and has also had airbrushing to all the borders. There were some tears in the image (primarily in the lower area going into the blue silhouette) and another in the upper border extending into the yellow background above Stanwyck's credit. There were some chips and surface abrasions within the right side of the image in the yellow background. All of these issues were addressed with professional restoration and the poster stands as an exquisite example of pre-Code advertising. From the Berwick Discovery. Fine+ on Linen.

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